If you want the bright lights, big city lifestyle then BS1 is the place to be renting.
BS1 covers a fairly large central area of Bristol City Centre. Much of it is dominated by retail and commercial buildings, but there is a good stock of rental property, particularly as you move out towards Hotwells.
Rent in BS1 and you will likely be living in modern apartment buildings in close proximity to Bristol’s waterways. It offers an attractive, modern lifestyle especially suited to young professionals and older people without children.
Commute? What commute?
There are plenty of benefits. If you work centrally top of the list will perhaps be the lack of a commute to work. Everywhere in BS1 is within easy walking distance and unlike most of Bristol it is pretty flat. For a more fun way to get around you could take advantage of the river ferry service!
As you may imagine, also vying for top spot is the list of recreational activities. There is something for everyone: cinema, theatre, an abundance of bars, coffee shops and restaurants, historic buildings, a diverse range of shopping from the eclectic St Nicholas Market to the modern Cabot Circus.
Wide open space
The centre also has some attractive open spaces including Queen’s Square and Millennium Square, which are perfect for taking a breather from all the hustle and bustle. Walkers and runners alike make good use of the miles of pedestrian paths that skirt the waterways.
BS1 plays host to a variety of festivals and events throughout the calendar that help keep it fresh and always interesting. For instance, The Amphitheatre, overlooking part of the waterfront and historic docks, may have Veg Fest one week for (you guessed it) vegetarians and Grillstock the next for those more inclined to eating meat. Later in the year, the Bristol Half-Marathon always proves a popular event. It starts and finishes in Bristol city centre.
Bristol City Centre: A place of change
The centre of Bristol has been transformed in the last 10-15 years and it’s fair to say that the people who choose to live there benefit most. With new apartment blocks, new offices and a new shopping centre it is a pleasant, modern environment in which to live. Yet scattered amongst this array of glossy new buildings are reminders of a rich heritage. A walk down the 17th Century Christmas steps is like stepping back in time and the gothic St Mary Redcliffe church remains the tallest building in Bristol despite being built in 1442.
So what is the essence of living in BS1? It is busy, it is vibrant, it is steeped in history, everything is on your doorstep. Whether you like to frequent bars or museums; like shopping or festivals you certainly won’t run out of things to do.
3 budgets – 3 great places to eat in BS1
Low budget – This is a lunchtime option. Get over to the St Nicholas Market food stalls where you will find a diverse selection of low cost but very tasty fare including Portuguese, Jamaican, Indian, and North African. You can get a good plate of food starting from about a fiver.
Medium budget – Thai Edge offers delicious Thai food in a modern setting. It is a great choice for a pre-theatre dinner where you can get two courses for under a tenner.
High budget – For those who prefer something a little more up-market try the Bistro at Hotel du Vin. Heavily influenced by French cuisine and with an excellent wine list it is perfect for a special occasion.